The Government has appointed Facebook’s former vice president and managing director for EMEA, Joanna Shields, as the chief exec of Tech City.
Shields will take up her new role at the Tech City Investment Organisation as of January next year, and she will also function as a Business Ambassador for the Digital Industries and as chairman of the Tech City Advisory Group.
Sheilds’ appointment is quite a coup for the Government. She was listed in Wired Magazine as the most influential person in European technology last year and the Media Guardian named her as the sixth most influential person in global media this year.
Prior to serving at Facebook, Shields was the president of AOL, chief executive of Bebo and was Google’s managing director for EMEA and Russia.
“Tech City is a great success story and I believe Joanna Shields has the expertise and ability to make a hugely valuable contribution to its development,” said the Trade and Investment Minister, Lord Green.
Shields added: “Throughout my career I have had the privilege of working with great entrepreneurs and innovators to create thriving new businesses and industries. The seeds have been sown in East London for a dynamic and successful cluster: we have the infrastructure, the technology and the talent, now we need to accelerate the growth.
“I am looking forward to leading the Tech City Investment Organisation in the next phase of its development. With the right boost now, there is no reason why we can’t make London the number one location for tech in the world.”
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